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One region in Ohio is suffering from a "nuclear winter" now as a result of a train that derailed and burst into flames, burning for days through cars loaded with dangerous – and lethal – chemicals.

"I was watching a video a couple of days after they detonated all of the tanker cars and there was this plume [of smoke] that went up .. and it stratified out at about 3,000 feet and then the guy in Darlington, Pennsylvania, I believe, started showing pictures of this black stuff precipitating out of this dark cloud over his house," former Ohio fire chief Silveria Caggiano told Fox News.

"It reminds you of that nuclear winter stuff that you see when you watch these nuclear explosions… this really looks like a nuclear winter. We nuked this town with chemicals, and this is what they're getting," he explained.

The fire erupted when the Norfolk Southern train derailed at East Palestine, Ohio, a week ago, on Feb. 7.

Evacuations of nearby residents immediately were ordered and the Environmental Protection Agency has warned that there have been animals nearby dying.

Among the chemicals that were found to be present by the EPA included ethylhexyl acrylate, isobutylene, and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether.

Also vinyl chloride, a chemical used to make PVC pipes and more is a product identified by the National Cancer Institute as being linked to cancers of the brain, lungs, blood, lymphatic system, and liver.

About 50 cars derailed.

The report explained, "You are looking at a toxic cocktail of deadly chemicals purposefully being burned off in East Palestine after a train derailment. Authorities burned off vinyl chloride, which is toxic & carcinogenic, and released harmful & dangerous chloride & phosgene into the atmosphere."

The burn happened "near the Ohio River which flows directly into the Mississippi River. Thousands of farms may be affected by this," the report said. The Ohio River watershed is home to 25 million people and spans parts of 14 states.

The report confirmed Amanda Breshears, 10 miles away, "found her chickens dead."

"If it can do this to chickens in one night, imagine what it's going to do to us in 20 years," she charged.

Dead fish also were confirmed in nearby rivers, the report said. And a fox keeper reported one of his foxes died.

The cars with chemicals reportedly were allowed to burn because of concern over what could have been a cataclysmic explosion from those same chemicals.

Videos appeared to show a malfunction with one or more of the cars that may have triggered the derailment.

Caggiano, also an expert in hazardous materials, continued, "From the onset, I advocated that the railroad company was responsible for this and, before these people went back to their homes, their homes should've been tested. Their homes should've been cleaned."

He continued, "EPA is now highly suspect to the fact that the railroad may have buried toxic waste in order to get the rail line back open again. It was buried under the rails from that trench that they dug, so they're investigating that."

The Epoch Times reported on some of the potential hazards:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s online chemical database notes that the chemical solvent ethylene glycol monobutyl ether “can cause serious or permanent injury.”

“Ingestion or skin contact causes headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness,” the website states regarding the chemical, which is found in many household products.

The same chemical database notes that 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, which is used to make paints and plastics for things like contact lenses, “can cause significant irritation” and may be explosive at high temperatures.

It states that isobutylene, a liquified gas used to make aviation fuel, can incapacitate and, in some circumstances, asphyxiate those exposed to it.

Butyl acrylate, meanwhile, is described in that database as potentially a source of serious or permanent injury and a relatively unstable substance. It is used in making things like paints, sealants, and adhesives.

The railroad said it is working with the EPA, National Transportation Safety Board, and other federal, state, and local agencies.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., put some of the blame on Pet Buttigieg, Joe Biden's transportation secretary who is known essentially for ignoring the nation's supply chain crisis following the COVID pandemic and then taking months off when he and his same-sex partner adopted.

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Hunter Biden's suspected international business dealings long have been in the news. After all, he's gotten payments of millions from interests in China, Russia, and Ukraine, sometimes for what is not clearly a service that was provided.

Now a new report puts Jim Biden, Joe Biden's brother, in the spotlight.

Affidavits uncovered by the Daily Mail charge that Jim was "at the center of a $140 million settlement between a U.S. construction company and Saudi Arabia in 2012."

And, the Mail reports, "Biden was selected because Saudi Arabia 'would not dare stiff the brother of the vice president who would be instrumental to the deal."

The report explains the details come from legal documents in the case.

The case affidavits obtained by the publication said Jim Biden was at the center of the deal between Hill International and Saudi Arabia. The report said the documents show Jim Biden "told a former senior U.S. Treasury official working as a private investigator that he was hired … 'because of his position and relationship' to VP Joe Biden."

At the time, Hill was trying to obtain the return of the $140 million, and the company hired several law firms to work on the project.

"In an affidavit, the former Treasury official, Thomas Sullivan, described his sit-down interview with Jim Biden about being hired to negotiate with the Saudis. Sullivan claimed the president's brother told him: 'Of course, the [Biden] name didn't hurt,' and Jim's wife Sara, who was present, allegedly said that Joe and his brother 'told each other everything,'" the report said.

Sullivan's testimony also included, "I asked specifically if he had attended a meeting with the Saudi Ministry of Trade in mid-February 2012 to receive the final payment for the work Hill had performed. He answered that, to the best of his memory, he had been at such a meeting, and that the reason he had attended was 'because of his position and relationship' with his brother."

The debt was owed to the company for work on desalination plants dating back to the 1980s, the report said.

V. Thomas Lankford confirmed the dealings, the report said. In a May 2022 affidavit, he described how his law firm was cut out of the process.

"After many delays, a meeting was finally scheduled for mid-February, 2012, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Professional Firms were excluded from this meeting. Hill, acting through [its CEO, Irvin] Richter, sent Jim Biden – the then sitting vice president's brother. Richter confided that he selected Biden because KSA [the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] would not dare stiff the brother of the vice-president who would be instrumental to the deal."

The issue is before Congress again as the Republican-majority House has promised extensive investigations into alleged influence peddling by Hunter Biden, and other schemes involving other members of the Biden clan.

Sullivan confirmed he later talked with Joe Biden.

"I asked Mr. Biden to describe his position with Hill International, He said that he had been hired to do 'business development work for them and that Saudi Arabia was a country that Hill had him assigned to assist with. James stated that he was told that the final payment would be made in both cash and a very large amount' of new future contract work."

The report added, "The affidavit does not specify who 'he' refers to, but a source briefed on the case told that it was Joe Biden."

The Bidens did not provide the Mail with a comment when asked.

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Damar Hamlin of the NFL's Buffalo Bills is unique. He's a pro football player whose heart stopped on the field, and through the immediate application of CPR, and, in his words, "just God," he's back.

Not on the field yet.

On the critical question of what caused his cardiac arrest, however, he was silent.

Asked by Strahan, Hamlin responded with a loooong pause.


Then another looong pause.


Eventually, he says, "That's something I want to stay away from."

Of course, multitudes of young and athletic men and boys across America have been reporting heart issues – and some have been dying – after they have taken the experimental COVID-19 shots that have been linked to myocarditis, and other heart ailments.

Newsweek reported his interview "provoked a flurry of new conspiracy theories on social media as to whether the COVID-19 vaccine was to blame for Hamlin's collapse and medical attention."

"It's quite clear that the reason Damar Hamlin won't disclose what nearly killed him is that what nearly killed him was the COVID-19 vaccine," tweeted One America News Network host Addison Smith.

Hamlin, a healthy, 24-year-old at the time of his heart failure six weeks ago, said he'd been feeling "great" going into the game.

He said he doesn't want to talk about the attack itself, which left him collapsed on the field.

He's thankful for the trainer who applied for CPR immediately.

When he woke, he said, the doctors told him he "won the game of life."

"That put things in perspective for me."

He said the reason he survived? "Just God. A blessing. I'm thankful He gave me a second chance."

Will he return to the field?

"I'm allowing it to be in God's hands. It's a long road."

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Seymour Hersh has been a famed journalist since his work uncovering the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, both more than a few years ago.

A biography at Britannica notes he cofounded a newspaper, worked for United Press International, broke word on the South Vietnamese villagers killed by U.S. troops, joined the New York Times and reported on Watergate, documented the Soviet downing of a Korean Air Lines plane and Israel's acquisition of nuclear arms.

He also charged in his reporting that Barack Obama had lied regarding details of the 2011 raid on the Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound where Osama bin Laden, the key organizer behind the 9/11 massacre of Americans, was killed.

"Among the allegations made by Hersh was that the Pakistani intelligence service had been holding bin Laden prisoner since 2006 and that Pakistani officials knew about the raid before it happened," the bio explained.

His latest is that, contrary to claims by Joe Biden, the U.S. actually did have a role in the bombings of Russia's Nord Stream gas pipelines.

In fact, he reports that Biden ordered it done.

Now the Gateway Pundit is reporting he insists that American presidents must be held to account.

Officials, he explained, "saw the gas coming from Russia. Russia had pipelines supplying gas to Germany, very cheap, so much so that some of the German companies were reselling (the gas) for a profit."

And worse, "Nord Stream was owned by Gazprom 'controlled by oligarchs who are respectful of Putin. But 49% were (owned by) four different European companies, who were selling gas downstream all over Europe. So you had a tremendous source of cheap gas for Europe. Germany’s a real powerhouse, with Mercedes and BASF, the largest chemical company in the world. They soak up gas,'" the report explained.

"And so the fear was…" Hersh said, "Biden wants this war. Don’t ask me why presidents want war. I think it’s good for their ratings. But Biden was very big on … showing we can stand up to Russia … with Ukrainian soldiers. It’s good politically in America too."

The gas in those pipelines, then, amounted to a "weapon" for Biden, he said.

"As long as Russia was selling that much gas, they thought Russia would weaponize it if there was a war."

On Sunday, for the third time in three days, the U.S. military shot down an unidentified flying object that had violated the sovereign airspace of the U.S. or Canada, which followed similar shootdowns of unidentified "objects" spotted over Alaska on Friday and Canada on Saturday.

The Pentagon further revealed on Sunday that the object shot down over Lake Huron near Michigan was most likely the same "radar anomaly" it had first spotted elsewhere on Saturday but had lost track of overnight, the Western Journal reported.

That is not particularly confidence-inspiring in terms of the military's competence and capabilities, nor is it good news for President Joe Biden and his administration, given the still-developing and highly critical aftermath of his handling of the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon that was allowed to traverse the continental U.S. before finally being shot down off the coast of South Carolina less than a week earlier.

An unknown "airborne object" shot down on Sunday

According to a Defense Department press release Sunday afternoon, an F-16 fighter jet armed with AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles engaged with and shot down "an airborne object flying at approximately 20,000 feet altitude in U.S. airspace over Lake Huron in the State of Michigan" that had been assessed as posing a potential "hazard to civil aviation."

The object had been picked up on radar Sunday morning by the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, and was constantly tracked up until it was fired upon and brought down into the waters of Lake Huron below.

"Based on its flight path and data we can reasonably connect this object to the radar signal picked up over Montana, which flew in proximity to sensitive DOD sites," the release added. "We did not assess it to be a kinetic military threat to anything on the ground, but assess it was a safety flight hazard and a threat due to its potential surveillance capabilities."

Radar contact spotted, lost, reacquired, then shot down

Later on Sunday, a press briefing was held at the Pentagon that involved Air Force Gen. Glenn VanHerck, the commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, along with Melissa Dalton, the assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs.

Gen. VanHerck, in providing a summary to reporters of what had just occurred over Lake Huron, described how NORAD had picked up an unidentified radar contact in Canadian airspace on Saturday afternoon that later crossed into U.S. airspace and how fighter jets and support aircraft from West Coast bases were scrambled to investigate that contact and identify it.

Those jets didn't arrive "on station" until it was nearly dark, however, and the general said, "At sunset, we were unable to find the track. Also, our radar operators lost the track on radar. And the FAA was never tracking the radar. Therefore, that's why we called it an anomaly because we weren't able to identify it."

"Several hours later, overnight, we began seeing an intermittent radar contact east of the position in Montana as it approached Wisconsin," VanHerck continued. A "game plan" was developed to further investigate that radar contact, he said and noted that "It's likely, but we have not confirmed that the track that we saw at Wisconsin was likely the same track in Montana."

More fighter jets and support aircraft were scrambled from various bases across the Midwest to intercept the unknown object and it was monitored as it tracked across Michigan's Upper Peninsula until it was finally engaged and shot down over Lake Huron.

None of this reflects well on Biden and his administration

As noted, this was the third shootdown of an unidentified flying object in as many days, with the first being over Alaska on Friday and the second over Canada on Saturday, all of which was of course preceded by the days-long track and eventual shootdown of the Chinese spy balloon less than a week earlier.

What, exactly, these mysterious "objects" being shot down are, the Pentagon isn't yet saying, and interestingly enough, Gen. VanHerck told reporters Sunday that he hadn't "ruled out" the possibility that they are extraterrestrial in origin while Assistant Sec. Dalton vowed to eventually release images of the objects to the public in the interest of "transparency."

The Biden administration hasn't been particularly transparent on this or, really, anything else, however, and as pointed out by the Western Journal, this latest incident of an initially dismissed "anomaly" that was later deemed worthy of being shot down is emblematic of the perception that President Biden is weak and incompetent and not entirely capable of leading or defending this nation from any and all potential threats.

It was more than a week ago that the U.S. military shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina after it had been allowed to drift for several days across much of the continental U.S.

A spokesman for the Chinese communist regime on Monday accused the U.S. of an "overreaction" with the shootdown of the balloon and further asserted that the U.S. had operated more than 10 similar spy balloons over China within the past year, the Associated Press reported.

That accusation was swiftly denied and rejected as "false" by a spokesperson for President Joe Biden's National Security Council, however.

China claims U.S. the "No.1 surveillance country"

During a press briefing on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was asked about the shootdown last week of the Chinese surveillance balloon by the U.S. as well as the subsequent shootdowns of three additional unidentified "objects" over U.S. and Canadian airspace over the weekend.

"We have made it clear time and again that the entry of the Chinese civilian unmanned airship into US airspace was a purely unintended, unexpected, and isolated event caused by force majeure," or natural forces beyond their control, Wenbin said.

"As to the 'unidentified objects' you asked about, I do not have anything on that. We do need to point out, however, that the U.S.’s downing of the unmanned airship with advanced missiles is a trigger-happy overreaction," he continued. "Many in the US have been asking: 'what good can such costly action possibly bring to the US and its taxpayers?'"

Wenbin then proceeded to accuse the U.S. of being "the No.1 surveillance country" with the "largest spy network in the world," and rattled off several different allegations of U.S. surveillance activities against both allied and rival nations.

Pressed on whether there was any Chinese connection to the unidentified objects, the spokesman said, "As I just said, I do not have anything on that. We believe that no irresponsible comments should be made when there is no clear evidence. And we are absolutely opposed to made-up stories and smears against China."

"The US needs to reflect on its own behavior"

Later during that briefing, Wenbin was asked another question about the Chinese balloon that had been shot down by the U.S. but the spokesman reiterated his accusation that "the U.S. the absolute No.1 country in terms of spying and surveillance."

"The U.S. military vessels and aircraft conduct frequent close-in reconnaissance on China, including 657 sorties last year and 64 sorties in January this year in the South China Sea alone, which seriously undermines China’s national security and regional peace and stability," he said. "U.S. balloons have often entered other countries’ airspace illegally."

"Since last year, U.S. high-altitude balloons have flown over Chinese airspace over ten times without authorization from China. The U.S. needs to reflect on its own behavior and change course rather than attacking others and stoking confrontation," Wenbin added.

Biden admin says China's claims are "false"

What Wenbin may have been referencing, if he wasn't outright lying, could be U.S. reconnaissance and surveillance operations in and around the disputed airspace and waters near Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, and much of the South China Sea that China claims as its own sovereign territory but which actually belong to other nations or are internationally open, according to Reuters.

As for the U.S. response to the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman's accusations, National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in a statement, "Any claim that the U.S. government operates surveillance balloons over the PRC (People's Republic of China) is false."

"It is China that has a high-altitude surveillance balloon program for intelligence collection, connected to the People’s Liberation Army, that it has used to violate the sovereignty of the United States and over 40 countries across five continents," she added.

In the eyes of millions of Americans, President Joe Biden is viewed as exhibiting a decline in his cognitive capabilities and many wonder if he is actually the person who is in charge and in control of his own administration and White House.

That leads to the obvious question: If not Joe, then who is in charge? And it increasingly appears that the answer to that query is his wife, first lady Jill Biden, who reportedly exerts an outsized influence over her husband's administration, according to the Western Journal.

Yet, that development is simply unacceptable to millions of Americans, given that not a single person voted for the part-time community college English professor to be the most powerful political leader in the entire world.

First lady likely to take on expanded role in probable campaign, possible second term

Bloomberg News' Nancy Cook recently wrote about how the American people can "Expect to see a lot more of first lady Jill Biden in 2024," given that she will likely play a leading role in President Biden's probable re-election campaign.

That is because "within the White House she is understood to be the president’s closest and most protective confidante," and according to a former top aide to the first lady, Michael LaRosa, "she is his gut check on everything."

Cook asserted that it would almost certainly be Jill who makes the final decision on whether Joe runs for a second term. Cook wrote, "She supports a bid, according to people familiar with the matter, because she cares about how her husband is perceived and believes he’s better at the job than his 42 percent average approval rating indicates most Americans think."

She is not involved in "policy minutiae," but does hold vengeful grudges, and even admitted in her own 2019 memoir, "I remember every slight committed against the people I love" -- whether those slights were committed by allies or rivals.

The first lady has already played an influential role in some of the president's appointments and nominations, has berated his staff for not handling or deploying him in ways that she approves, and is now expected to serve as his top "adviser and surrogate" in a presumptive 2024 campaign and second term in the White House.

Edith Wilson redux?

Fox News columnist Liz Peek surmised recently that first lady Jill Biden could fill the "power vacuum" left by the departure of White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and assert even more control and influence over the administration than she already reportedly does as "the president’s closest confidant" and fiercest defender.

That includes the aforementioned weighing in on the president's personnel choices, but also his schedule, how he is presented to the public, and how he interacts with the media -- even, on multiple occasions, physically inserting herself and guiding him away from reporters with "pesky" questions that the Bidens would prefer to not answer.

Given President Biden's increasingly apparent mental decline, Peek referenced the now-known fact that former first lady Edith Wilson was, for all intents and purposes, the unelected acting president of the United States for about a year and a half after then-President Woodrow Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919 that left him paralyzed and incapable of performing his duties -- a grim reality that was kept completely hidden from everyone by the first lady until after Wilson's term expired in 1921.

First lady is "wielding unparalleled influence"

It should be noted that this view of first lady Jill Biden being the one in actual control of President Biden's White House and administration is not entirely new, but rather has been floated since the 2020 campaign, and even NBC News reported in October 2022 about her "wielding unparalleled influence" over the White House in terms of policy and personnel and many other things.

Again, this is not what the American people signed up for when Joe Biden was selected to serve as president, which was perhaps best summed up by former Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in a recent interview with Fox News.

"This has really gotten concerning because nobody, frankly, in all fairness to the first lady, nobody elected her to answer questions for the president on issues that the press may have questioned," the former congressman accurately noted.

The Biden administration has issued a travel advisory on Russia calling all American citizens to leave immediately to avoid "unpredictable consequences."

The State Department issued the advisory on Monday and set it at the highest level of "Do Not Travel." Why the State Department has waited this long to upgrade the travel advisory is a mystery but it could have to do with Joe Biden's impending visit to Poland. 

The advisory reads, "U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately. Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.”

Could President Biden be planning something big and announce it during his trip to Poland? While it seems unlikely we are getting involved directly in the war, perhaps Biden is planning some kind of escalation that will endanger any Americans in Russia.

Not safe for Americans

Russia hasn't been safe for Americans to travel to for some time. The detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested before the war in Ukraine began, highlighted just how problematic travel to Russia is for Americans.

Griner was arrested for a relatively minor drug offense which landed her an insane nine-year prison sentence. Griner received so little leniency because of her citizenship and the value she represented to the Kremlin.

Russia managed to trade Griner back in exchange for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, a figure so notorious he earned the nickname "Merchant of Death."

Needless to say, the trade was massively lopsided and regular Americans may not be so lucky if they find themselves in the custody of a hostile nation.

Americans with any diplomatic value should not be in Russia as they could give the Kremlin leverage in any future negotiations as the war in Ukraine drags on and the U.S. continues to supply billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine.

No end in sight

President Biden will be visiting Poland next week to meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda. It is expected there will be a discussion about how the U.S. and Poland will work to aid Ukraine as the war drags on past the one-year mark.

John Kirby, the spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, stated that "The President will make it very clear that the United States will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes."

The United States sent nearly $50 billion to Ukraine in 2022 at a time when the United States is feeling the effects of record inflation and skyrocketing debt.

Many are questioning just how sustainable it is to support Ukraine in what is fast becoming a proxy war between the United States and Russia.

Worse, some believe that U.S. intervention has prolonged a conflict that could have ended quickly without Ukraine's defeat. All speculation aside, it is imperative that Americans not put themselves at the mercy of a hostile foreign power.

Over a three-day span, from Friday to Sunday, the U.S. military engaged with and shot down three unidentified flying objects over the United States and Canada.

On Sunday, the top U.S. Air Force general in command in North America told reporters that he hadn't "ruled out" the possibility that those objects had an extraterrestrial origin, the Daily Wire reported.

Of the unidentified objects referenced by the general, the first was shot down over Alaska on Friday, the second over Canada on Saturday, and the third over Lake Huron between the U.S. and Canada on Sunday -- less than a week after the military shot down a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina after it had traversed across much of the continental U.S.

Pentagon shares info on third shootdown in three days

The Defense Department held a briefing on Sunday in which reporters addressed questions to Melissa Dalton, the assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Security and Hemispheric Affairs, along with Air Force Gen. Glenn VanHerck, the commander of both the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD.

The general first explained how the third object shot down Sunday over Lake Huron had first been observed on Saturday in Canadian airspace and then was intermittently tracked by radar as it entered into U.S. airspace over Montana and moved east toward Wisconsin and Michigan before it was eventually shot down.

A reporter asked if the objects were perhaps similar but smaller variations of the Chinese spy balloon shot down last week, but VanHerck replied, "So I'm not going to categorize these as balloons. We call them objects for a reason. Certainly, the event off South Carolina coast for the Chinese spy balloon, that was clearly a balloon."

"These are objects. I am not able to categorize how they stay aloft. It could be a gaseous type of balloon inside a structure or it could be some type of a propulsion system. But clearly, they're -- they're able to stay aloft," he added along with an admonition for the media to refrain from attributing the objects to any specific nation until "we can further assess and analyze what they are."

"I haven't ruled out anything"

Later in the briefing, a New York Times reporter asked the general, "Because you still haven't been able to tell us what these things are that we are shooting out of the sky, that raises the question, have you ruled out aliens or extraterrestrials? And if so, why? Because that is what everyone is asking us right now."

"I'll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven't ruled out anything," VanHerck replied. "At this point, we continue to assess every threat or potential threat as unknown that approaches North America with an attempt to identify it."

Toward the conclusion of the briefing, another reporter asked if the Pentagon planned to publicly release any of the images it possessed of the unidentified objects, such as from the targeting pods of the fighter jets that shot them down, but the general deferred on that as a decision for others at the Pentagon to make.

Assistant Sec. Dalton added, "We absolutely want to be transparent about our military operations and what we are learning about these objects and the PRC high-altitude balloon and hope to share more in the coming days."

Anonymous official says "no evidence" objects are of "extraterrestrial origin"

According to Reuters, while Gen. VanHerck told reporters that he hadn't "ruled out" the possibility that the unidentified flying objects were extraterrestrial in nature and didn't originate here on earth, others at the Pentagon are not so open-minded about that possibility.

One unnamed U.S. Defense official said, per the outlet, that "the military had seen no evidence suggesting any of the objects in question were of extraterrestrial origin."

Whether it is ever revealed that these "objects," more formally referred to as "unidentified aerial phenomena" or UAPs instead of UFOs these days, are from out-of-this-world or are simply new and advanced aircraft created by America's earthly adversaries, such as China, is something that remains to be seen.

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